Joshua explains black eye ahead of Andy Ruiz fight

IBF, WBO and WBA “Super” world champion Anthony Joshua (22-0) dismissed the rumors that he’s been hurt in sparring sessions before his highly anticipated Saturday showdown against Andy Ruiz (32-1).

“AJ” is finalizing his preparations for the fight in New York these days and in his last few public appearances, it was noticed that there is a small bump under his left eye.

The Brit denied the rumors that he has taken some hard blows in sparring sessions.

“That was just physio stuff really,” he told Seconds Out.

“No-one really does that to me in sparring and stuff like that. So that was just more physio stuff; like rehabilitation, recovery. I can see why people go away for training camps because you do need to have a solitary mind.

“I’ve a social mindset, so it’s good. The system I’ve used over the last nine years, I’m not complaining about, but it’s been different, it’s been good. It’s something we can definitely implement more in future training camps.

“The sun, the vitamin D, (in Miami) is good for me. The focus is good, and maybe fighting away from home gives you that world championship mindset, like I’m fulfilling destiny.

“This is a step up for me. It’s a new experience; travelling, new time zone, setting up a training camp away from home. All of that stuff is really important.”

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